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Pharmacist Association lists 6 unnecessary or harmful common practices

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) in partnership with the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign has issued a list of evidence-based recommendations called Six Things Pharmacists and Patients Should Question. In 2016 Canadian pharmacists were enlisted to submit suggested recommendations of unnecessary tests and treatments that they felt needed attention. An expert committee reviewed these submissions to create a final evidence-based list. The list identifies a variety of commonly used treatments, practices, or therapies that are often initiated or continued even in medically unnecessary situations. In light of this and the fact that they could be potentially harmful to patients these six ... Read More

Probiotics may improve kidney function in women with lupus

Recent studies have shown that popular stomach medicines may lead to kidney damage. For example, proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, like Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, have been shown to increase risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Many who suffer from acid reflux and other digestive problems have been looking for more natural ways to treat their symptoms, such as diet changes, and often find that they have more relief from these treatments without the potential for dangerous side effects. Kidney damage can also be caused by the autoimmune disease, lupus. According to Medical News Today, as many as half ... Read More

Choosing Wisely seeks to empower patients in choosing treatment, tests

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation in conjunction with Consumer Reports that began here in the United States and has spread across the world. The ABIM Foundation is part of the American Board of Internal Medicine that works toward “advancing medical professionalism to improve health care.” Choosing Wisely’s goal is to minimize wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. The initiative encourages dialogue between patients and health care practitioners, giving patients permission to ask medical professionals questions such as: Do I really need to have this test, treatment or procedure? What are the risks? Are there ... Read More

Prenatal nausea: Is cannabis a safe treatment option?

Canna Tech in a recent article suggests that cannabis might be a safer alternative for treating prenatal nausea than prescription medications. “Research suggests that not only is cannabis use during pregnancy safer than tobacco, alcohol, and other substances, but if used in moderation, it can possibly be a better option for treating prenatal symptoms than standard prescription medications…. Various anti nausea medications are prescribed to pregnant women suffering from severe morning sickness, some of the most common ones being zofran, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), ondansetron, and diclectin. Most of these medications have a rather colorful history of lawsuits and studies ... Read More

SGLT2 inhibitor benefits come at a risk

A new class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors launched in the U.S. in 2013 are demonstrating they can effectively drive down blood sugar levels and even help users lose weight. But those benefits come at a risk, according to a speaker at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress. SGLT2 inhibitors, or sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors, include the brand name drugs Invokana and Invokana (which contain the active ingredient canagliflozin); Farxiga and Xigduo XR (which contain the active ingredient dapagliflozin); and Jardiance (which contains the active ingredient empagliflozin). SGLT2 inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove the sugar from ... Read More

Beasley Allen’s Danielle Ward Mason named to Invokana side effects MDL PSC

Beasley Allen attorney Danielle Ward Mason has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) pending in New Jersey federal court against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals over claims that the company’s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana causes kidney damage and diabetic ketoacidosis. Those suing Janssen allege that the drug company inadequately tested Invokana and failed to warn doctors or patients of Invokana side effects. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated 55 lawsuits from across the country and appointed U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to preside over the MDL. An MDL is a ... Read More

UK, US launch investigations into lower limb amputation risk with Invokana

A clinical trial showing that patients taking the newer type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana or Invokamet are at twice the risk of lower limb amputations, primarily of the toe, has prompted the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch an investigation into whether new warnings should be placed on the drug’s safety label. Amputation is already a health risk for diabetic patients due to neuropathy, or nerve damage, particularly in the toes, feet and legs. According to the study, the risk of lower limb ... Read More

Parenteral nutrition products for feeding tubes recalled

Baxter International is recalling two lots of CLINIMIX and one lot of CLINIMIX E injection parenteral nutritional products for complaints that particulate matter was found floating in the products. If infused into patients, the particulate could block blood vessels and cause heart attacks, strokes or damage to other organs such as the kidneys or liver. Patients could also experience allergic reactions, local irritation, and inflammation in tissues and organs. To date, there have been no reported adverse events associated with this issue, and the root cause of the contamination has been identified and resolved, the company reports. CLINIMIX is a ... Read More

Injectable solutions recalled due to particle contamination

Injectable solutions used to hydrate or add electrolytes to some patients are being recalled because there are particles floating in the products that if injected into patients could cause serious and even deadly health consequences. The recall involves one lot of 5% dextrose injection and four lots of 0.9% sodium chloride injection, both manufactured by Baxter International. If injected, a product containing particulate matter may block blood vessels which could cause strokes, heart attacks or organ damage such as to the kidneys or liver. There is also the possibility of allergic reactions, local irritations, and inflammation in tissues and organs. Dextrose injections ... Read More

Health expert questions safety of cholesterol-lowering statins

A quarter of Americans age 45 and older take cholesterol-lowering statin medications to protect them against cardiovascular disease. The best sellers among this popular class of medications include the brand name Lipitor followed by Crestor and Zocor. But just how safe are these medications, asks Rob Pell, owner and operator of Sunshine Natural Foods in Grants Pass, Ore. Pell, who has 35 years experience helping people with natural foods, products, exercise and healing, warns that statin medications may not be the best way to treat high cholesterol. He points out that a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed ... Read More